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->''Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Do not attempt it in your own home]].''

A novel about the apocalypse, in which TheAntichrist is accidentally SwitchedAtBirth and given to a normal family, where he grows up free from any influence of Heaven and Hell and becomes a completely normal and average child. Well, normal aside from the fact that he's subconsciously using his powers to make sure his small, quaint hometown ''stays'' small and quaint...

The mix-up causes plans for Armageddon to spin wildly out of control, as agents of both Heaven and Hell try to find out just why things aren't going as planned. Two of those agents, an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) who have formed a friendly rivalry (more friends than rivals by this point), are trying to find the Antichrist and put a stop to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because they decided they ''like'' humanity. Also in the mix are the last witch-finder in England (and his new assistant), and a modern-day witch who is the heir to a book of oddly specific but still conveniently obscure prophecies.

Co-written by Creator/TerryPratchett and NeilGaiman, [[DreamTeam each at the top of their form]]. The pair considered working on a sequel, but aside from the potential title ''668: The Neighbour of the Beast'' nothing has yet come of this. With Gaiman having moved to the US, both have expressed the opinion that it ain't gonna happen.

[[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/10/01/terry-pratchetts-own-tv-company-to-adapt-good-omens-and-the-watch/ A four part mini-series adapting it is apparently in the works]], by Terry Pratchett's own production company, with Terry Jones (of Creator/MontyPython fame) and Gavin Scott writing the scripts.

Some useful annotations for the inquiring (or nonplussed) reader can be found [[http://lspace-us.puntbow.net.au/books/apf/good-omens.html here]].

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!!This book provides examples of:

* AbstractApotheosis: The Bikers under go this when Adam is near. Only Death doesn't change. (Some things don't).
* ActionGirl: Pepper and [[FieryRedhead War]].
* AerithAndBob
* AffectionateParody: Of ''The Literature/BookOfRevelation'' and ''Film/TheOmen''
* AliensInCardiff: Lower Tadfield as the location of the apocalypse.
* AllBikersAreHellsAngels:
** The co-Bikers of the Apocalypse.
** Other bikers are ''literally'' Hell's Angels.
* TheAllegedCar:
** Newt's Wasabi.
** Taken UpToEleven with [[spoiler: [[CoolCar Crowley's Bentley]] after going over the M25. It's on fire, has no wheels, and takes all of Crowleys concentration just to keep it from falling apart.]]
* TheAllegedComputer: Newton Pulsifer has a singular knack for machinery. That is to say he can make it stop working just by trying to make it work. And he ''always'' buys the worst. His computers somehow always manage to be the early model with the hopelessly flawed chipset and the like. [[TheAllegedCar And don't ask about his car.]]
* AluminumChristmasTrees: You know Aziraphale's copy of the Bible that accidentally read "Thou Shalt Commit Adultery"? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_Bible It exists]].
* AmbiguouslyGay: Aziraphale is described as giving the impression that he is "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide". The same passage explains, however, that divine beings are without sexual characteristics (unless they really want) and therefore couldn't be considered to have any sexual orientation.
* [[DemonicPossession Angelic Possession]]
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The four Horse''persons''.
* TheAntiChrist: Adam.
* [[spoiler:AntiAntiChrist: Adam again.]]
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]]. [[spoiler:He's a mischevious kid who doesn't quite understand adult morality yet, but doesn't do anything really ''nasty''... then he gets angry at the way the human race is screwing up the world and decides to do something about it. For a bit, he becomes a crazed monster, willing to genocide the human race and build new, better people for him to play with. Then his human side regains control and he becomes basically good, but still with that dark well of evil threatening to burst through every so often.]]
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler:Just when it looks like the Apocalypse has been averted, a mighty rumble from underground signals that [[{{Satan}} Crowley's boss]] isn't going to let this go easily]]. Crowley and Aziraphale arm themselves for the final battle, [[ItHasBeenAnHonor exchange speeches]], [[TransformationSequence change into]] [[OneWingedAngel their true forms]], and the human characters decide to join them in the upcoming fight... [[spoiler:then Adam waves his hand and suddenly there's no battle to be fought. [[SoWhatDoWeDoNow Everything's back to normal now and the characters can get on with their lives!]]]]
** [[spoiler:There's a certain DoubleEntendre in this sequence, where the characters believe they're about to fight Adam's biological father ({{Satan}}), but Adam changes it so that his adoptive father (Mr. Young) arrives instead]]
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: "Listen, do you know what eternity is?"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
** "Human beings mostly aren't [particularly evil]. They just get carried away by new ideas, like [[ThoseWackyNazis dressing up in jackboots]] and shooting people, or dressing up in white sheets and lynching people, or dressing up in tie-dye and playing guitars at people".
** "Many phenomena -- wars, plagues, sudden audits -- have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man..."
* AuraVision: An offshoot of Anathema Device's psychic powers. It causes slight troubles when she can't see a certain person's aura.
-->[[spoiler:"It might, or might not, have helped Anathema get a clear view of things if she'd been allowed to spot the very obvious reason why she couldn't see Adam's aura. It was for the same reason that people in Trafalgar Square can't see England."]]
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Hastur and Ligur, Dukes of Hell... and then there's Lucifer.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Anathema Device.
* BabyTalk (or possibly, given that she's a Satanist, CutenessProximity): Sister Mary Loquacious, getting distracted by the baby AntiChrist and his little hoofie-woofies. [[spoiler:Which he hasn't got]].
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Aziraphale and Crowley when preparing for the final battle armed with a flaming sword and a tire iron, respectively]].
* BadassDecay: In-universe example. A huge dog that would make angry rottweilers and pitbulls cower gets turned into a small terrier-like mongrel with a funny ear, because Adam's his master and he said so. Much to Dog's dismay, he can't scare away cats like he used to and tries (mostly unsuccessfully) to fight small-dog instincts.
** By the end he gives up and starts to enjoy it, realizing much as Crowley has that Earth is so much more interesting than Hell.
* BadassNormal: [[BadassBystander Pepper, Brian, and Wensleydale]] who [[spoiler:defeat the Horsemen]], and Shadwell, who's [[spoiler:ready to take on {{Satan}}. With his ''forehead'']].
* BadBoss: Crowley is a demon, so his superiors include [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Hastur and Ligur]], [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Dagon]], Beelzebub and {{Satan}} -- all of whom are nasty pieces of work and threaten to [[ColdBloodedTorture make him regret some of his choices]]. On Aziraphale's side, there's the Metatron -- the KnightTemplar JerkAss Voice of God.
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: [[spoiler:The Anti-Christ]].
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Technically, angels and demons don't need to breathe.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: This is essentially the logic with which Anathema lives her life.
** Also both Beelzebub and Metatron insist that "It is written" when [[spoiler:Adam refuses to take his part in Armageddon, and instead puts a stop to the whole thing]].
* BeenThereShapedHistory:
** Subverted. Crowley received a commendation from Hell for starting the Spanish Inquisition. He didn't, rather he just happened to be in the area when it started. When he finally got around to seeing what this new-fangled Inquisition was, he ended up [[EvenEvilHasStandards spending a good deal of time]] [[INeedAFreakingDrink drinking to forget what he saw]].
** Likewise, Crowley and Aziraphale both claimed Milton Keynes as a success, and believed meter maids were a plot by the other side, but both were entirely human creations.
* BeingGoodSucks[=/=]BeingEvilSucks: Aziraphale and Crowley commiserate while drinking.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Aziraphale may be an angel, but it's still not a very good idea to piss him off.
* [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Biker of the Apocalypse]]: The four former Horsemen -- er, Horsepeople of the Apocalypse have kept up with the times, and are thus now ''literal'' Hell's Angels.
* BlondGuysAreEvil:
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Adam]], though the hair probably comes from [[{{Satan}} his dad's side of the family.]]
** Pollution is also very pale-haired.
* BloodLust: Scarlett/Carmine Zuigiber/[[spoiler:War]].
-->She licked a spatter of blood—someone else's—from the back of her hand with a scarlet, cat-like tongue. Then she smiled.
* BlowYouAway: Crowley toys with the idea of conjuring up a hurricane [[Film/MaryPoppins to eliminate rival job applicants]].
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Azrael/Death probably goes here. And possibly {{God}}, what with all the [[ArcWords ineffability]].
* BodySurf: [[spoiler:Aziraphale does this briefly after stepping into a pentagram. Shadwell mistakes him for a demon. ''Twice in the same day.'']]
* BoringButPractical: Crowley uses magic to maintain his car in perfect condition far longer than would normally be expected; Mr. Young achieves the same effect by just following the suggested maintenance schedule.
* BrickJoke: Oh so many. One includes Tropical Fish. Then again, consider [[NeilGaiman the]] [[Creator/TerryPratchett authors]].
** The best has got to be 'Let's do the Ritz' around page ten. About two hundred pages later, a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square.
* BuffySpeak: [[KnightTemplar Shadwell]], of all people, when instructing [[UnfazedEveryman Newt]] to look out for "Phenomena. Phenomenatrices. Things, ye ken well what I mean" as the main part of his witch finder media-watch duties. Also Aziraphale when drunk.
* BurnTheWitch: On Agnes Nutter. It doesn't work [[StuffBlowingUp entirely as planned.]]
* CannotTellALie: Aziraphale. It extends to his taxes, which he files so scrupulously he's been audited several times by government accountants made deeply suspicious by such accurate, honest accounting.
* CallBack
** [[spoiler:The M25 becomes a major hurdle. It was first mentioned in a characterization joke in the first chapter.]]
** There's another not quite as important to the plot; in a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math.
** There's also a footnote about the "Buggre Alle This" Bible indicating that this particular edition of the Bible also had three extra verses in Genesis 3, and suggesting that they were inserted by Aziraphale. This is a callback to the very first prologue.
* CareBearStare: One of Aziraphale's duties is spreading divine ecstasy. Crowley occasionally covers for him.
* ChekhovsBoomerang: Aziraphale's flaming sword.
* ChekhovsGag: That Crowley arranged the M25 to be a demonic sigil. It seems like a throwaway gag at first, but it comes back in a big way.
* TheChainOfHarm: Crowley takes full advantage of it to maximize his efforts in making human lives miserable: he calls it "thinking wide". Other, more traditional demons frown at this.
* TheChosenOne: Complicated; first when [[spoiler:the Antichrist is SwitchedAtBirth one too many times, resulting in the wrong person being prepared for 11 years]], and secondly when [[spoiler:he then decides he doesn't want to cause Armageddon and convinces both Heaven and Hell not to go through with it]].
* CloudCuckoolander: Pollution, who is thought to be a hippie until people notice he's leaking things everywhere and is groovy about littering.
* ColourCodedCharacters: Three of the Four Horsemen have motifs based on the colour of horse they're described as riding in ''Revelations'' (War red, Famine black, Pestilence white). This covers not only their physical appearances, but also the pseudonyms they use, which are all synonyms for these colours.
* ConflictBall: War is the anthropomorphic embodiment of one. Wherever she goes, people randomly start fighting (sometimes [[FemmeFatale over her]]).
* CoolCar: Crowley's Bentley. Although towards the end, it's a [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun totally hot car]]]] instead.
* CoolOldGuy: Shadwell, for a given value of "cool."
* CoolOldLady: Agnes Nutter.
** Arguably Madame Tracy.
* CoolShades: Crowley, which he wears ''[[SunglassesAtNight all the time]]'' -- enforced as he has to hide [[spoiler: glowing snake's eyes with vertical pupils.]]
* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].
** Arguably, even him. It's noted that trying to understand the ineffable plan is something akin to playing poker for infinite stakes in a pitch black room with blank cards and a dealer who refuses to tell you the rules, and who smiles ''all the time''. It being, by its very nature, impossible to understand except by God, who ain't talking.
* CrackFic: It basically ''is'' one for Literature/TheBible.
* CrazyPrepared: Crowley [[spoiler:keeping holy water on hand.]]
** Agnes Nutter, who had plenty of time to prepare for her imminent burning, including getting her affairs in order, cancelling the milk [[spoiler: and [[TakingYouWithMe filling her underwear with gunpowder and roofing nails]]]].
*** Her descendants, thanks to the book she left behind, have at least a vague idea of what's coming.
** Whoever wrote the book of Maritime Radio Signals included one for reporting the return of Atlantis.
* CriticalStaffingShortage: The Witchfinder Army, once a thriving paramilitary organization but by the time of the book reduced to two. However, both Heaven and Hell believe the WA is at least regimental-sized...
* CurbStompBattle:
** [[OneManArmy Crowley takes on]] [[RedShirtArmy a jeep full of soldiers]] [[ConservationOfNinjutsu at the Lower Tadfield airbase. By the next paragraph, it's Crowley's jeep.]]
** War, after getting her sword in a bar full of armed soldiers, decides it's time to get to know them better. To their initial and short-lived surprise, they regret this.
* DarkActionGirl: War.
* DarkIsNotEvil[=/=]LightIsNotGood[=/=]GoodIsNotNice: See NotSoDifferent.
** "...stretching off to infinity, were the hosts of Heaven and Hell, wingtip to wingtip. If you looked really closely, and had been specially trained, you could tell the difference." Incidentally, this is also a shout-out to a very famous series of pictures by MC Escher depicting... you guessed it: geometrically-spaced angels dovetailing perfectly with geometrically-spaced devils.
* DeadlyPrank: The bucket over the door trick. Holy water + demons. Bad combination. At least, for the demon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Newton gradually morphs into one in the face of the absurdities he's subjected to.
* DeathGlare: [[PsychoactivePowers When deployed by Crowley]] [[RealityWarper reality tends to realign accordingly.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: Agnes is a deconstruction of [[{{Seers}} oracular characters in general]]. On the one hand, we see that she's always right, but sometimes her predictions are oddly specific (don't buye Betamacks), too ahead of their time (jogging helps people to live longer), centered on her relatives in the future (she predicted for 1963-11-22 that a house in a small English city would break down, but doesn't mention the assassination of JohnFKennedy on the same day -- one of her relatives might be in that city at that day, but apparently, none of them wanted to go to Dallas), and she didn't bother to order her predictions or explain them in detail. On the other hand, she uses her power to successfully WriteBackToTheFuture (and also to prevent people who deliver said message snooping), and since she can predict ''everything'', this includes knowing when Anathema will read a specific prophecy -- so it always fits.
* [[spoiler:DecoyProtagonist]]: [[spoiler: Aziraphale and Crowley. For all of their efforts, and despite them prominently appearing in the plot, Armageddon ultimately is stopped by [[HumansAreSpecial Anathema, Newt and Them]]]].
* DelusionsOfEloquence: The Three have big ideas, but are frequently undone by their own misspellings.
* DesignatedGirlFight: An unusual version of one; violent little tomboy Pepper versus War.
* TheDeterminator: Crowley. And ''how''.
** DeterminedDefeatist: At one point, when things are at their bleakest, he thinks he might as well drink himself senseless while he waits for the world to end. Instead, he drives at top speed to Tadfield to prevent the Apocalypse. In a burning car. That he's holding together through sheer HeroicResolve.
* DevilInDisguise: Crowley. He's Hell's field-agent, posing as a ''bon viveur'' named Anthony J. Crowley
* DiggingToChina (or from Tibet): Adam's belief that such a thing is possible combined with his immense reality altering abilities causes Tibetans to start popping up out of holes in the ground all over the place.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Young family's telephone number: Tadfield six double-six.
* ADogNamedDog: Dog, a hellhound who goes from a massive terrifying beast to a miniature mutt with a funny ear.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Played with. Footnotes were added to American version to explain some of the jokes that depend on knowing British geography and such. Except they tend to boil down to "If you were British, you'd be laughing." Some of them contain their own little joke to compensate. For example, after the lengthy explanation of the old British system of currency, it quips how the Brits spent a long time avoiding decimal system "because they thought it was too complicated".
* DoomItYourself: Newt takes this to the level of a superpower. He once got a joke circuit board that isn't supposed to do anything, and ended up building a wireless radio that picked up Radio Moscow.
** Winds up as a [[spoiler:BrickJoke when he "fixes" the launch computers, causing them to fail in spectacular fashion.]]
* DramaticWind: Happens around [[spoiler:Adam when his powers begin to manifest.]]
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Shadwell has a dream in which he witnesses the death of Agnes Nutter. [[spoiler:She knew he would; her direct address to him was mistaken by her contemporary onlookers for speaking blasphemy in the direction of Heaven.]]
* DreamTeam: Creator/TerryPratchett and NeilGaiman working together. Of course, this was before either of them was particularly well-known.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Crowley is something of a [[IncrediblyLamePun speed demon.]]
* EarthIsYoung: The Earth has only been around for 6,000 years and all the 'old' stuff in the ground is God's decoration. Or [[{{Troll}} personal amusement]]; consider the dinosaur skeletons.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Anathema. She is a witch.
* ElvisLives: A RunningGag. (For the record, he unwittingly works for Famine at a burger joint.)
-->'''Death:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: I don't care what it says, I never laid a finger on him. ]]

* EmbarrassingFirstName[=/=]EmbarrassingMiddleName: Pepper's real name is [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Pippin Galadriel]] [[Literature/TheNeverendingStory Moonchild]]. It's also her BerserkButton.
-->"There are only two ways a child can go with a name like Pippin Galadriel Moonchild, and Pepper had chosen the other one."
* TheEmpath: Aziraphale when they're trying to find TheAntiChrist is puzzled when he doesn't [[DetectEvil detect any evil]] in the area, but rather [[ThePowerOfLove love.]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The underlying premise of the book is that everyone is getting ready to throw down for Armageddon, which Adam is supposed to kick off.
* EnergyBeings: [[spoiler:[[UnusualUserInterface Beings of angelic stock can travel through the phone lines.]]]]
* EroticEating: War in the bar when "on holiday."
-->Red unconcernedly withdrew the maraschino cherry from her drink, put it to her scarlet lips, and sucked it slowly off its stick in a way that made several men in the room break into a cold sweat.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Crowley, having already crossed the demonic MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler: using holy water on Ligur]], considers [[spoiler: putting the tape in which Hastur is trapped into his car until it turns into a Queen album]], then decides it would be too cruel.
** It's a recurring theme in the book that humans on their own are capable of far greater evil (and good) than demons (or angels) could ever imagine. Or, in Crowley's case, stomach.
* EvilAlbino: Pollution.
* EvilCounterpart:
** Inverted. [[spoiler:The Them]] are the good counterparts to [[spoiler:the Four Horsepersons.]]
** Arguably, Crowley and Aziraphale. [[NotSoDifferent Given a rather unambitious definition of "evil."]]
** Beelzebub and the Metatron even ''look'' virtually identical.
* EvilIsPetty: Crowley's Modus Operandi is generating vast amounts of low-level evil (Telemarketers, phone system failures, the M25, and such) as the knock-on effects are potentially vast, and furthermore, the people themselves ''keep it going,'' as opposed to more old-school demons who work on corrupting people on an individual basis.
* EvilRedhead: War.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: In-universe subversion in the form of CHOW™, SNACKS™ and MEALS™ which thanks to cutting edge food-science technology contain nothing of any nutritional value whatsoever. The latter is a true work of art in that if you eat it in any significant amount, it will cause you to both become morbidly obese ''and'' die of malnutrition, which their inventor finds deeply amusing.
* FailOSuckyname: The secondary group of Bikers of the Apocalypse.
** Their names are: Grievous Bodily Harm, Cruelty to Animals, Really Cool People, and Treading In Dogshit (formerly All Foreigners Especially The French, formerly Things Not Working Properly Even After You've Given Them [[PercussiveMaintenance A Good Thumping]], never actually No Alcohol Lager, briefly Embarrassing Personal Problems, and finally [[ItMakesSenseInContext People Covered In Fish]])
* FallenAngel: All the demons of hell are fallen angels. So is Crowley, though "he didn't fall so much as saunter vaguely downward".
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Crowley's reaction to his immediate superiors being rather underwhelmed by his demonic influences (i.e. traffic jams, telemarketers, the M25) on the mortal world.
** Hastur and Ligur look down on Crowley's tying up London's phone system for an hour at lunchtime (tarnishing thousands of souls in a domino effect of people being in bad moods across the city) in favor of their more artful craft of spending a lifetime trying to corrupt a single pious individual.
* FictionalColour: There was a mention of infra-black, that was the color that flashes before your eyes when you've just run into a wall head-first, right before you die.
* FieryRedhead: War, who can [[HeroesWantRedheads make men fight over her]]. To be more exact, fight ''through'' her, they were going to execute her for disrupting a four-way battle. [[spoiler:[[LudicrousGibs Well, you get the idea]].]] Pepper is a human example of the trope.
* FlamingSword: The angels have these. Except for Aziraphale, who "misplaced" his.
* FlockOfWolves:
-->"The park was deserted except for a member of [=MI9=] trying to recruit someone who, to their later mutual embarrassment, would turn out to be also a member of [=MI9=]."
* {{Foil}}: Crowley and Aziraphale, Shadwell and Tracey, Newton and Anathema, etc. See GeodesicCast, below.
* FootnoteFever: For backstory, digressions, gags, set-ups for [[BrickJoke Brick Jokes]]...
* FriendlyEnemy: See the OddCouple entry.
* [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Friendly Neighborhood Demon]] -- Crowley.
* FriendToAllLivingThings:
** Parodied by Crowley, who talks to his plants to encourage their growth. Topics include disappointment in growth rates and what happened to the last plant that didn't bloom. His plants are very tall, very green, and very frightened.
** Aziraphale exhibits this trope in several instances where Crowley is about to get someone killed. Having tried and failed to replace clowns as the entertainment at a child's birthday party by way of his old training as a stage magician, ends up suffocating a dove by leaving it tucked in his sleeve for too long. He seems much less bothered by that than by the fact that the hellhound he and Crowley are watching for hasn't shown up, and Crowley's the one who carefully resurrects the bird and sends it on its way.
** At one point, St. Francis disguises himself as a gardener and plays the Friend To All Living Things trope literally and explicitly for the benefit of an impressionable child. It doesn't exactly work.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Adam is Sanguine, Pepper is Choleric, Wensleydale is Melancholic, and Brian is Phlegmatic.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: [[spoiler:Metatron and Beelzebub are both dissuaded from carrying out Armageddon (with the argument that it'd just start the cycle over and ruin a fun experience for everyone) by 11-year-old Adam Young, AKA the Antichrist]].
* FunctionalMagic: For Angels and Demons. And maybe for certain humans, like Agnes Nutter.
* TheFundamentalist: Sergeant Shadwell, almost-but-not-quite played for laughs.
* FunetikAksent: Parodied with Shadwell, whose accent is described as a random, shifting mixture of accents from all over Britain. Likely meant to be a TakeThat to American portrayals of British accents that unwittingly mix regional dialects, or maybe in fact a direct tribute to a single famous British television character -- Alf Garnett, played by actor Warren Mitchell in the sitcoms ''Till Death Do Us Part'' and ''In Sickness and In Health''. Anyone familiar with the character's physical description, "roaming accent", and personality (he is a comical bigot) will recognize him instantly if they were born and raised in England in the 1970s or 1980s. (However Alf's accent was fairly firmly in Sarf London, the one area Shadwell never goes near. Make of that what you will.)
* FunnyForeigner[=/=]EagleLand: [[spoiler:Sister Mary mistakes Mr. Young for the American diplomat.]] HilarityEnsues.
* GaiasVengeance: The sickly potted trees in a South American shopping mall have a sudden rush of energy and tear the place to bits.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:At the end of the book, Aziraphale notes that the near-miss Armageddon may have been exactly what the God intended. The two sides actually go home to consult higher management when he brings it up to them. Everything may be to plan, but is the ''ineffable'' plan after all...]]
--> "It can't be [[XanatosSpeedChess chess]] -- it must just be [[GambitRoulette very complicated solitaire.]]"
* GeodesicCast: See {{Foil}}, above. Also, each of [[spoiler:the Them]] corresponds to one of the [[spoiler:the Horsepersons of the Apocalypse.]]
** [[spoiler:Adam is Death, Pepper is War, Brian is Pollution, and Wensleydale is Famine.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** One that's easy to miss. Early in the book when Aziraphale and Crowley nearly run over Anathema Device, they give her a ride back home. She finds them strange and worries that she might have to employ a knife she carries with her for protection until she hears Crowley call Aziraphale ''angel'', after which she remarks to herself "Ah. Well, that explained it. She had been perfectly safe after all." Later on, she thinks of them as "two consenting [[ItMakesSenseInContext bicycle repairmen]]".
** Another doubles as a CallBack: at their first meeting, Shadwell asks Newt how many nipples he has. Multiple nipples meaning witchcraft are mentioned several times. At the end of the book, Shadwell asks Madame Tracy a question, but we never find out what it is. She responds with "two".
** Newt recalls that he answered the phone on his first day, he listened to the question and replied, "Marks and Spencers 100% Cotton Y-Fronts, actually." The line went dead.
* GiftedlyBad: Newton with electronics. To such an extent that, when he's struggling to prevent Armageddon, [[spoiler:the solution is "try to make this computer work better"]].
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Madame Tracy's old-fashioned sensibilities about what men consider attractive leads her to keep a collection of threadbare stuffed animals in her bedroom.
* GlamourFailure:
** After War, Famine and Pollution return to Tadfield Army Base after being "wrapped around the world", their human bodies don't exactly... fit right.
** Also, the automated security system raises the alarm when they enter an off-limits section. Granted, that doesn't achieve anything but annoy the soldiers because of humanity's inherent WeirdnessCensor (none of the humans can see the four), but it's still interesting.
** Crowley has a tendency to ''hiss'' when he forgets himself.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Death/Azrael. Crowley, as well, when he's straining himself.
* {{God}}: Does not actually appear at any point, but is mentioned frequently and is implied to have a hand in manipulating the events towards the end result that occurred rather than what either side actually wanted.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Or if not God, at least the angelic establishment, who are stuffy, prudish, and generally un-fun. God Himself? He's reclusive and no one has any idea what He's doing.
* GoingNative: Aziraphale and Crowley who have more in common with humanity and each other than they do with Heaven or Hell. Specifically discussed in Crowley's case by Hastur and Ligur.
* GoKartingWithBowser: Aziraphale and Crowley most of the time.
* GoodIsBoring: It's explained that Heaven doesn't have any good, notable musicians or actors.
** The two musical exceptions that Crowley says Heaven possesses are Elgar and Liszt. It's implied to be very terrible.
** Crowley emphasises some of the horror underlying Heaven's [[{{Glurge}} glurgy]] [[invoked]] tedium when he tells Aziraphale that if Heaven wins Armageddon, in the time it takes for a bird to fly from one end of the universe to the other and wear down a mountain by sharpening its beak against it, Aziraphale ''still'' won't have finished watching ''The Sound of Music.'' And Aziraphale will enjoy it. ''Every single time.'' [[NotSoDifferent Note that this is a parody of the traditional hellfire sermon, where the bird flying across the universe is used to suggest how long the torments of the damned will go on.]]
* GoodIsNotDumb: Aziraphale. Members of TheMafia [[ShameIfSomethingHappened that threaten his bookstore]] [[MuggingTheMonster tend to leave and never come back]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Just because he's an angel doesn't mean he's weak.]] (Despite the ambiguous phrasing, he's still an angel, and they're ''probably'' unharmed. Almost certainly.)
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Downplayed, there is little difference between the wings of angels and demons [[EvilIsSexy though the wings of demons tend to be better groomed]].
** Azrael's wings are called "angel's wings" while also being described as black holes into space with visible stars - there's no way they could have feathers. Perhaps because he's the Angel of Death, and his wings are thereby "angelic" no matter what their style, or maybe the voids in reality are feathery-wing-shaped.
* GranolaGirl: Anathema Device is something like this, though she's also portrayed as being a lot more practical and pragmatic than is the norm for the character type.
* GratuitousJapanese: The story refers to the Japanese city of Nigirizushi ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushi#Nigirizushi "hand-formed sushi"]]), a Japanese whaling ship named the ''Kappamaki'' ("cucumber roll"), and [[TheAllegedCar an alleged car model]] named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasabi Wasabi]].
* TheGrimReaper: Similar to but a lot less interested in humanity than the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' version. (Almost nothing like the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' version, for the record, except for the wings.)
* GroundedForever: Adam discusses his grounding with the Them:
--> "When do you think they'll let you out, then?" asked Pepper.\\
"Not for years and years. Years and years and years. I'll be an old man by the time they let me out," said Adam.\\
"How about tomorrow?" asked Wensleydale.\\
Adam brightened. "Oh, tomorrow will be all right," he pronounced. "They'll have forgotten about it by then."
* GuardianEntity: Aziraphale and Crowley to the AntiAntiChrist, sort of. Also, the hellhound to the Anti Anti Christ... also sort of.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Adam, the AntiAntiChrist. Aziraphale counts in most fanart depictions, although he struggles with ToBeLawfulOrGood and [[GoodIsNotNice often gets stroppy]].
* HappilyAdopted: [[spoiler:All three of the babies involved in the birth switching.]]
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** Non-sexual example in ''The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter'' (the word 'nice' didn't settle on its modern implication until the 19th century). Probably influenced by the story of Alice Nutter and the Device family of Pendle, Lancs., being recorded in a 1612 book called ''The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in Lancashire'' -- wonderful at the time meaning simply 'amazing'.)
** Also happens when Anathema and Newt are trying to [[spoiler:get inside the airforce base]]. The American guard is very impressed with Newt's fancy Witchfinder credentials, but is skeptical of the part "...about us got to give you faggots?"
*** Although he is excited when he finds out that they wanted the faggots to burn them.
* HellishPupils: Quite literally, in Crowley's case.
* HellOfAHeaven: Crowley hints that Heaven's a boring place with few composers, theaters and films.
-->"Listen, the point is that when the bird has worn the mountain down to nothing, right then...''then you still wouldn't have finished watching The Sound of Music''. And you'll ''enjoy'' it."
-->"The boredom you got in Heaven was nearly as bad as the excitement you got in Hell."
* HeroicFireRescue: Crowley runs into a burning bookshop with what everyone else perceives is an intention to rescue the (similarly immortal) angel Aziraphale; but what Crowley is really after, and rescues, is the extremely vital sole remaining edition of ''The Nice And Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Wyttche''.
* HeroicResolve: Crowley holds his burning car together through '''[[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]]'''. [[IncrediblyLamePun Hell on wheels, eh?]]
* HistoricalRapSheet: Crowley actually ''was'' responsible for the original Temptation in the Garden of Eden, but a RunningGag has him receiving the congratulations of Hell whenever they notice something like the Spanish Inquisition has popped up in the human world. They inevitably leap to the conclusion that Crowley was responsible for getting it started. He frequently protests to Aziraphale that he had nothing to do with it whatsoever: the human race thought of new ideas to be beastly to each other ''all on their own''.
* HolyHandGrenade: "Ever been to Gomorrah? ...[[AmbiguouslyGay I meant]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar afterwards."]]
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Eden is mentioned. Do the math.
* HumanityIsInfectious: Crowley and Aziraphale are both changed somewhat by their time on Earth. Crowley's fellow demon Hastur notes this and claims that Crowley is going native. Though even Hastur isn't all that different -- when he really wants to let Crowley just how pissed off he is, he uses ''human'' curses since he thinks demonic ones aren't volatile enough.
** Dog discovers, to his initial horror, that Small-Dog-anity is infectious too.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Horsemen approach this as Armageddon draws near. Their human forms are described as "ill-fitting" and their human-like personalities start to fade as their basic programming as bringers of destruction becomes dominant. [[spoiler:Something similar nearly happens to Adam.]] Only Death is unaffected -- Death never really changes, after all.
* HumansAreBastards[=/=]HumansAreSpecial: Crowley is both confused and amazed at how humans are so much better at both ''Aziraphale's'' and his own job. It's that free will thing. It's a bugger.
* HumansAreFlawed: "It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people."
* IGaveMyWord: Crowley is a demon of his word.
* IHaveManyNames: Horsemen/Horsepersons/[[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]].
** TheAntichrist is also known as the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. See TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: [[spoiler:Adam]].
** [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifier may also qualify - convincing Anathema not to use the followup book also keeps ''him'' from using it.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: The tire iron.
** And what happens when [[spoiler:the Them]] face off against the Four Horsemen.
* IncendiaryExponent: Crowley's Bentley.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Understandably, Crowley takes a look at what people are doing in the Inquisition, and promptly has this reaction.
* InstantSobriety: Aziraphale and Crowley can simply ''decide'' to be sober.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Anal homeowner:''' How would you like it if I littered on your lawn?!
-->'''Pollution:''' Oh, that would be lovely!
* InTheBlood: Aziraphale argues this in regarding TheAntiChrist, but Crowley argues that he has just as much chance of being on the side of good, because [[LamarckWasRight Lamarck wasn't right]] [[spoiler: but Crowley is.]]
* InventorOfTheMundane: Anathema wrote her Ph.D. thesis on people who invented things that, once they were invented, became so ubiquitous no one remembered they ever needed inventing. Highlights include Humphrey Gadget, Cyrus T. Doodad ("America's foremost black inventor") and her own ancestor, Sir Joshua Device.
* IronicName: Pippin Galadriel Moonchild goes by Pepper, as she is a short scruffy tomboy with a temper.
* ItWasADarkAndStormyNight: [[SubvertedTrope Noted as untrue]] when Crowley goes to meet Hastur and Ligur. Like so:
-->It wasn't a dark and stormy night. It should have been, but there's the weather for you. For every mad scientist who's had a convenient thunderstorm just on the night his Great Work is complete and lying on the slab, there have been dozens who've sat around aimlessly under the peaceful stars while [[TheIgor Igor]] clocks up the overtime.
* JapaneseRanguage: Newt's Wasabi and the fish boat captain.
-->The helpful voice was clearly recorded by someone who spoke neither Japanese nor English.
** Newt's Wasabi has a recorded voice that plays to remind riders to fasten unfastened seatbelts (which never goes off, because [[TheAllegedCar hey, it's Newt's Wasabi]]). At one point, the voice is described as saying "Prease to frasten sleat-bert".
* JustFollowingOrders: Invoked and (duh) played with. A lot.
* TheKidWithTheLeash: Adam, the young Antichrist, has a pet hellhound. It started off fitting that description until it got its name: Dog. Its name changes its nature and it was expecting a name like Terror or Stalks-By-Night - but since it's bound utterly to its master's will it got stuck with being a dog. Complete with cat-chasing, tail-wagging, stick-chewing, face-licking, a funny crooked ear, a lack of size and general small-dogosity. But the hellhound part ''is'' still there deep down if you happen to upset its master.
* KnightInSourArmor: Aziraphale and Crowley.
* KnightTemplar:
** Played with for the Witch Finder Army, generally for laughs.
** Played horrifyingly straight for [[spoiler:the forces of Heaven and Hell]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Adam does this to the mortals present at the almost apocalypse, Azrael (or God) does this to Aziraphale and Crowley when they begin to guess at the true nature of the universe.]] "What were we talking about?"
* LaserGuidedKarma: The [[spoiler:M25]].
* LastNameBasis:
** Shadwell and Wensleydale.
** A[[spoiler:nthony]] J. Crowley. (Technically, that's not his real name anyway.)
* LeanAndMean: Sable/Famine.
* TheLegionsOfHell
* LetsGetDangerous: Aziraphale and the FlamingSword.
-->"Once you learn, you never really forget how."
* LineOfSightName: Due to Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell's shady book-keeping and limited imagination, the suspiciously small organization that is the Witchfinder's Army is made up of the likes of of Witchfinder Majors Milk, Tin, Cupboard, and Saucepan. Lots of them. (As well as more than a few Joneses and Smiths.)
** On the other hand, he can be forgiven, because the Witchfinder's Army is on roughly same pay scale it was on when it was first formed (By Oliver Cromwell, roughly 325 years previous), meaning that not even the fictional Majors, let alone a Sergeant, makes even a whole pound come payday.
* LordErrorProne: Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell.
* LouisCypher: Ubiquitous, especially among the Horsepersons.
* LoveableRogue[=/=]LovableTraitor: Crowley.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Crowley scares off the paintballing commando by turning into something ''dreadful''...
-->"I think the maggots were a bit over the top, myself."
* MagiciansAreWizards: Defied. Aziraphale refuses to use his actual powers during his magic act, because it would be cheating.
* MaleGaze: War's legs get mentioned significantly more times than anyone else's, and with complimentary adjectives attached.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: Crowley and Sable.
* MeaningfulName:
** Crowley, a reference to occultist Aleister Crowley. It also references his original role as the serpent ("Crawly") that tempted Adam and Eve.
** ColourfulThemeNaming and/or ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Three of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Bikers of the Apocalypse]] have names that reference the colors of the horses that, according to biblical texts, they ride out on.
*** War takes such names as Scarlett and Carmine.
*** Pollution goes by "White, or Blanc, or Albus, or Chalky, or Weiss, or Snowy", among others.
*** Famine calls himself Dr. Raven Sable.
* MedievalMorons
* MindOverMatter: Aziraphale levitates a scooter.
* MistakenForGay:
** Aziraphale, being referred to as a faggot and a poofter on several occasions. Not to mention that Aziraphale and Crowley were mistaken for a couple once, and Shadwell meets them independently and assumes both are gay. It doesn't help that Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear" on a regular basis, while Crowley refers to him as "angel" -- literally true, but with [[HoYay certain implications]].
** One of the three first impressions of Aziraphale is "gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide." It's wrong, because angels don't have sex, sexes or sexual orientations, but the implication remains.
* MoreThanMindControl: Temptation.
* MotorMouth: The Chattering Order of Saint Beryl is an entire [[spoiler:satanic]] convent of motormouth nuns.
* TheMovie: Averted, for now. Gaiman relies on his fans to inform him of how the film is progressing through DevelopmentHell.
** Pratchett [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/02/08/tuesday-link-a-mania-19/ begs to differ.]]
* MultitaskedConversation
* MundaneUtility
* MurderIsTheBestSolution
* MustacheVandalism: It's mentioned that one of the late Witchfinders used to draw mustaches and spectacles on all the witches and demons in the Witchfinder Army's collection of demonological texts.
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: The HorsemenOfTheApocalypse replaced their horses.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling[=/=]SpiderSense
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch
* AMythologyIsTrue: In this case, the entire Bible - completely and literally.
* NamesakeGag: Anathema Device is descended from the man who invented the device. When Newt doubts this, she says sarcastically that next he'll claim he's never heard of Humphrey Gadget, Pieter Gizmo, Cyrus T. Doodad, or Ella Reader Widget.
** Device really is a Lancashire name (see below) but seems to be properly pronounced 'DEH-viss', so probably just a regional version of Davis. However, pronunciations of English names can change as families move round the country...
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** Parodied and invoked. Sister Mary tries and fails to convince the adoptive father to name the [[spoiler:misplaced]] [[TheAntiChrist Antichrist]] Wormwood, Damien, Errol, Cary, Saul, Cain, and a large number of demons and Hollywood villains, before settling on... [[spoiler:Adam]]. A more persuasive nun convinces the ambassador to name the [[spoiler:wrong]] [[TheAntiChrist Antichrist]] "Warlock".
*** Prior to getting his actual name, [[spoiler: Adam]] is referred to as ''Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.''
** There's also Dagon and Beelzebub ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lord of the Flies]]), whom Crowley contacts when he needs to talk to his supervisors.
** Subverted with the Hell's Angels. After joining the Horsepersons, they attempt to give themselves proper apocalyptic names. This quickly degenerates into a laundry list of petty annoyances.
** Both 'Nutter' and 'Device' are names of real families who were persecuted under the early 17th century witch hunts (though their situation seems rather different to the one described in the book). The case of the [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14490790 Device family]] is particularly tragic and disturbing (though Anathema's existence suggests that little Jennet must have had children of her own in this 'verse...) Alice Nutter, a yeoman's daughter caught up in the same place, was probably guilty simply of being a Catholic; their story is told in a book called "The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in Lancashire".
* NationalStereotypes: Pretty much everyone of every country is depicted with hilariously overblown stereotypes, even (or possible ''especially'') the British.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The book Adam wrote and illustrated:
-->"It was a triffic book. It was nearly eight pages long. It was about this pirate who was a famous detective. [...] If you like I'll let you read it. I bet it was a lot more excitin' than any book you've lost. 'Specially the bit in the spaceship where the dinosaur comes out and fights with the cowboys."
* NobleBigot: Shadwell.
* NobleDemon:
** Crowley, although he's fairly conscious of his benevolence. (To the point of being embarrassed. It's a major failing in a demon, after all.)
** Inverted, appropriately, with Aziraphale.
* NonverbalMiscommunication: During the baby swap sequence.
* NoodleIncident: For Adam, anyway.
-->"Well, " said Adam, "We always win, right?"
-->"Nearly always," said Wensleydale.
-->"Nearly always," said Adam, "An' -- "
-->"More than half, anyway," said Pepper. "'Cos, you remember, when there was all that fuss over the ole folks' party in the village hall when we--"
-->"That doesn't count," said Adam."They got told off just as much as us."
* NotSoDifferent: This is ''very explicitly'' spelled out as the relationship between Heaven and Hell.
* NumberOfTheBeast: The Young family's telephone number turns out to be "Tadfield six double-six," causing a flustered Aziraphale to respond, "Sorry, right number."
* NunsAreSpooky: Parodied by the Chattering Order of Saint Beryl
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Aziraphale, to GOD.
* OccultDetective: The modern Witchfinders.
* OddCouple:
** [[GoKartingWithBowser Aziraphale and]] [[NotSoDifferent Crowley.]]
** [[DatingCatwoman Newt and Anathema.]] But that one makes a certain amount of sense. He was a witchfinder and, well, he found himself a witch.
* OddlySmallOrganization: The Witchhunters are just Shadwell, joined by Newt. Everyone else is long dead, and a good chunk of those "Witchunters" were mostly interested in claiming the property of those accused.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: According to one of the characters, God has this:
-->God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players,[[note]] i.e., everybody[[/note]] to being involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who ''smiles all the time''.
* OneOfTheBoys: Pepper.
* OperationGameOfDoom: Crowley [[spoiler: getting out his holy water and placing it in a bucket. One splash on him, even a '''tiny drop''', means it's over]].
* OpposedMentors: Sent by Crowley and Aziraphale to young Warlock's home (or possibly Crowley and Aziraphale themselves, changing into appropriate shapes and assuming fitting identities), deliberately done to cancel one another out. Then they realise he's the wrong kid.
* TheOrder: The Witchfinder Army.
* OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous: It is stated that angels and demons are normally sexless, unless they really want not to be. Both otherworldly protagonists take the form of human males, though.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Can shapeshift and usually can be made up of horrible things, like maggots.
* OutOfTheInferno: [[spoiler:Crowley]], to the bemusement of the cops and everyone else who gets asked for directions.
** Also to the bemusement of the firemen outside Aziraphale's bookshop.
* OverlyLongGag: The Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness. During the baby shell game, the three participants are designated Baby A, Baby B and... well, the above, in full. Every single time.
* OverlyLongName:
** [[TheAntiChrist the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.]]
** To a lesser extent, Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery Pulsifer. (Newt's reaction is "I suppose if I gone around being called Adultery Pulsifer I'd want to hurt as many people as possible.")
*** The Witchfinders seem to have an excess of these, a favorite being Witchfinder-Colonel Ye-Shall-Not-Eat-Any-Living-Thing-With-The-Blood-Neither-Shall-Ye-Use-Enchantment-Nor-Observe-Times Dalrymple.
*** [[TruthInTelevision This is likely to be a parody of the names that 17th Century Puritans inflicted on their offspring.]] For instance, the unfortunate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.]]
* OverlyLongTongue: Crowley, apparently.
* OvertRendezvous: Crowley and Aziraphale meet at the duck pond in St. James's Park, which is said to be ''the'' meeting place for spies. Also, the café at the British Museum, a home-away-from-home for the battle-weary soldiers of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. Complete with arguments over who gets the receipts.
* PairTheSpares
* ParodyNames: Burger Lord.
* PerplexingPlurals: Shadwell's instructions to Newt are to search for:
--> 1. [[BurnTheWitch Witches.]]\\
2. Unexplainable Phenomenons. Phenomenatrices. Phenomenice. Things, ye ken well what I mean.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Antichrist.
* PettingZooPeople:
** Crowley is the Snake.
** [[CatGirl War is often described as something predatory or cat-like]].
* ThePhilosopher: Crowley and Aziraphale.
* ThePigPen: Brian. Pollution in his real form.
* PlayingWithFire: Aziraphale makes a traffic ticket spontaneously combust.
* PocketProtector: The yuppie who's saved when a bullet hits his wallet and is stopped by his enormous collection of credit cards.
* PokeThePoodle: Crowley, who's considered an incompetent idiot by his fellow demons for choosing to annoy an entire population than drive one person to ruin and temptation, such as tying up the phone lines of Britain for seconds or causing traffic jams.
** Subverted by the narration, which backs up Crowley's claim that this a more effective investement of effort for the given corruption. Annoyed people have a tendency towards taking it out on others, and where other demons take years to corrupt a single person, Crowley in an afternoon slightly tarnishes ''thousands'' of souls. He does have respect for the other demons' commitment and skill, but he believes the old ways can't keep up with population increase.
* PoliceCodeForEverything: A naval variation. After trying to find the way to communicate that he's found a sunken city of pyramids, he looks through "international codes" and sends "XXXV QVVX" which means "Have found the lost city of Atlantis. High Priest has just won the Quoits contest."
* PosthumousCharacter: Agnes Nutter, 17th Centuy Wytche.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler:Aziraphale "Oh, ''fuck.''" After six thousand years of practiced not-swearing.]]
* ProperlyParanoid: At one point, it's mentioned that Hastur is paranoid, which is in fact a very reasonable thing since he's grown up in Hell, where everyone really ''is'' out to get you.
* ProphecyTwist: Tons of them.
* PsychicPowers: Anathema.
* PsychoactivePowers: Do not upset the Antichrist.
* {{Pun}}: Newt named his lemon of a Wasabi "Dick Turpin" after the famous highwayman... on account of the fact that it holds up traffic wherever it goes.
* PunchClockVillain: Crowley. Sort of. Interestingly, his counterpart Aziraphale is a Punch Clock Angel -- not exactly a hero, but has the job of inspiring small amounts of goodness in the same way that Crowley causes small amounts of evil. They even take turns doing each other's jobs once in a while and mostly try to thwart each other on a one-to-one basis so neither side really gets the upper hand.
* QueerPeopleAreFunny: The running gag is that the divine/infernal duo are MistakenForGay.
* ReadTheFinePrint
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of women who were burned as witches. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.
* RealityWarper: [[spoiler:Adam]], and ''every single supernatural being'', to a greater or lesser extent.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Angels, demons, personifications, and other immortals.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: War; Crowley, when he's pissed off.
* RedOniBlueOni: Crowley and Aziraphale, arguably.
* RedRightHand: Crowley has snake eyes, a forked tongue, and snake skin boots that may or may not be actual boots.
* ReligiousHorror: Parodied.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Crawly/Crowley, who is portrayed as not being all that bad.
* [[spoiler: ResetButton]]
* RipVanWinkle: Crowley slept through most of the 19th Century.
** RipVanTinkle: He only woke up to use the bathroom.
* RunningGag: Several, but the way every cassette left in a car for too long turns into ''The Best Of {{Queen}}'' is particularly prominent.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Aziraphale. "Lord, heal this bike."
* {{Satan}}: Obviously. [[spoiler:Ultimately unseen. He doesn't have the overarching background presence of {{God}}, either.]]
* ScienceIsWrong: Parodied.
* SchmuckBait: Crowley points out that it's hardly fair to wave ForbiddenFruit in someone's face and expect them ''not'' to eat it.
* ScrewDestiny: The entire book is about breaking away from destiny and people's expectations of you, and finding your own path. At the end, [[spoiler:Newton Pulsifer even convinces Anathema Device not to live her life trying to interpret prophecies left to her by a distant ancestor]]. Also, [[spoiler:the Anti-Christ averts Armageddon.]] However, [[spoiler:Agnes may have seen it all coming.]]
** Hilarious that the plot to Screw Destiny is actually orchestrated by God, and everything might just as His [[MagicFranchiseWord ineffable]] plan intended; even the angels and devils really have no idea.
--->''God does not play dice with the universe. He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of the other players [[note]]i.e. everybody[[/note]], to be involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you rules and '''smiles all the time'''.''
* ShortTitleLongElaborateSubtitle
* ShoutOut: Many, many of them, ranging from EdgarAllanPoe to DirtyHarry.
** One of the Them mistakes Metatron for [[{{Transformers}} Megatron]] when he introduces himself.
** When the Them are playing Adam does the best [[StarWars Darth Vader]] impression. Reference is made to the arguments over who gets to wear the coal scuttle and blow up planets.
** Little girl at Warlock's birthday party: "I gotter [[{{Transformers}} transformer]] anna [[MyLittlePony mylittleponyer]] anna [[{{Transformers}} decepticonattacker]] anna [[ThunderCats thundertank]] anna..."
** And, of course, the dedication: "To Creator/GKChesterton: A Man Who Knew What Was Going On". (This ''may'' be a subversion, as GKC did play (notably in ''The Man Who Was Thursday'') with the idea that Good's [[spoiler:(or God's)]] [[ThePlan Ultimate Plan]] may sometimes appear to be Evil; however, GKC was ultimately a moral absolutist, and some irony may be at work here.) Neil Gaiman is known to be a big admirer of Chesterton, so it may be played straight.
** [[Film/ETTheExtraterrestrial Upon seeing the Them ride past on their bikes the airbase guard asks if anyone saw if they were carrying an alien in a basket]].
** There's also the [[Series/DoctorWho alien that looked like a pepper pot]], described as ''beeping,'' so... [[StarWars it's a bit of a twofer.]]
** At the [[spoiler:last paragraph after Adam managed to avert the apocalypse [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot]]... No, imagine a sneakerlace trailing, kicking a pebble; imagine a stick, to poke at interesting things, and throw for a dog that may or may not decide to retrieve it; imagine a tuneless whistle, pounding some luckless popular song into insensibility; imagine a figure, half angel, half devil, all human... [[TheSecondComing slouching hopefully towards Tadfield...]] [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour forever..."]]]]
** Adam's style of speaking is pretty much an homage to William Brown in the ''Literature/JustWilliam'' stories. As are the Them, the little-girl hanger-on, and the Them's mortal foe, the Johnson Gang.
** A few to ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. When discussing the coming apocalypse while drunk, Aziraphale starts rambling about dolphins.
** Pepper's real name, [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Pippin Galadriel]] [[Literature/TheNeverendingStory Moonchild]] is twofer reference to ''The Lord Of The Rings'' and ''The Neverending Story''.
** The names Hastur and Dagon are references to Creator/HPLovecraft. (Neither name was invented by him, but he made them famous).
** Hastur and Ligur were demon-names used by Welsh horror writer Arthur Machen in his dark stories in the early 1900's.
** Crowley says at one point: "You think wars get started because some old duke gets shot, or someone cuts off someone's ear, or someone's sited their missiles in the wrong place." They are references to, respectively, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_Jenkins%27_Ear The War of Jenkins' Ear]], and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocated ''exactly'' this as the human race got ever-larger, while there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandum looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.
** The ''Chattering Order of Saint Beryl'' first appeared as a comedic device in 1960's comedy sketch show ''Series/NotOnlyButAlso''. Peter Cook and Creator/DudleyMoore expanded the sketch into their 1967 movie, ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}''. Only their Beryllites extoled and praised God while performing acrobatic feats on trampolines, so as to be Nearer, our God, to Thee.
** Indeed, Peter Cook's louche, cool, and trendy indoor-sunglasses-wearing Satan in ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'' comes over suspiciously like an UrExample of Anthony Crowley and shares many characteristics...
** Anathema's warm woolen cloak and reliable bicycle may be a shout out to Margaret Rutherford's portrayal of the medium Madame Arcati in the 1945 movie version of Theatre/BlitheSpirit.
* ShownTheirWork:
** You'd think that Nutter and Device were just comedic last names made up for laughs. Anathema's lecture on the topic certainly plays this aspect up. However, if you're familiar with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendle_witches Pendle Witches]] then you'll know that they were the last names of some "actual" witches.
** Similarly, the reader might think that the ''Wicked Bible'' – named for a tiny, ''tiny'' proof-reading failure meaning that one of the ten commandments was "thou shalt commit adultery" – was, like the ''Buggre Alle This Bible'', just another joke by the authors. The reader would be wrong.
* SidetrackedByTheAnalogy: Too many to list. It seems no one can make an analogy without being derailed by their listeners.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: Naturally, given it's the Biblical Apocalypse.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Played with in regards to [[spoiler:Adam]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: Mr. R.P. Tyler.
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: Agnes Nutter appears to heckle God on the pyre. Actually, [[spoiler:she's addressing Shadwell, whom she ''predicted'' would be dreaming about her death in the present-day]]!
* UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition: The children's version involved straw donkeys and asking girls "art thou a witch, ''[[GratuitousSpanish viva España]]''?"
** The dunking stool doesn't work out quite as planned -- it's a hot day, and no one doing the dunking quite understands why Pepper's kid sister is the one who gets to go into the water.
** Played straight when Crowley is given credit for having started it. Having no idea what Hell is talking about, he goes to see what it's about, [[EvenEvilHasStandards is horrified at what humans have come up with]] and decides to [[INeedAFreakingDrink drink until he forgets about it]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sister Mary Loquacious, an incompetent cultist and a satanic nun of the Chattering Order of Saint Beryl.
* SpeechImpediment: Crowley tends to [[SssssnakeTalk hiss when agitated]].
* SpiritAdvisor: Aziraphale is stuck like this for a time.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Not in-universe, but a fandom example. A quick glance at the fandom might have you believe that Aziraphale and Crowley are the main, or even the only, two characters, despite the fact that this is very much an ensemble work.
** Admittedly the angel-demon OddCouple does provide a good deal of the philosophical ponderings of the novel, and they pretty much embody the idea of "good" and "evil" being NotSoDifferent. But as for actual effects on the plot, Crowley and Aziraphale are basically running a HardyBoysInvestigation. They put a lot of effort into preventing it, but the net result of their efforts is both jack and squat. Having the entire plot resolved by only the human characters without supernatural help may be the point of the story.
* StayingAlive: For angels and demons, though discorporation is rather a pain because it involves going through the red tape of requesting a new body from the management.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero[=/=]SueDonym: Mr. (Ezra?) Fell, Mr A. Ziraphale.
* StronglyWordedLetter: R.P. Tyler is the king of these.
* SuchALovelyNoun: Mentioned when describing Aziraphaele's book shop.
* SuperSenses: Crowley can see in the dark, but turns on the headlights anyway so as not to upset the other drivers.
* SweetTooth: Aziraphale.
* SwitchedAtBirth: The main reason why Armageddon fails to go off as planned? [[spoiler:A Satanic Nun gave the Anti-Christ to the wrong family. By accident]].
* TakeThat:
** Aziraphale's dismissiveness of televangelism and the Rapture while possessing a televangelist who's on the air. [[IsThisThingStillOn "Gosh, am I on television?"]] It's made clear that this televangelist believes what he says and really does funnel most of his enormous income back into the ministry, doing "what he really thought was the Lord's work". One can only speculate whose cause ''that'' helps.
** A possible subtle one at Pop Culture. When The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse gather at the Diner, they are not all immediately present, only War and [[GrimReaper The Tall Fellow with the Obscured Helmet]]---the latter playing a video trivia game with a bunch of bikers. Said game has four categories: Pop Culture, Sports, Music, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick War]]. Famine then shows up, prompting the trivia category 'Music' to be changed to 'Famine.' When Pollution arrives, 'Sports' becomes 'Pollution.' Death having been present the whole time makes one wonder about [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Pop Culture]].
** Done repeatedly against telemarketers as a RunningGag.
* TakingYouWithMe: Agnes Nutter. (Again.)
* TalkingToPlants: Crowley's habit of talking to his houseplants does make them grow better, but that's because he intimidates them with death threats if they don't.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Crowley.
* {{Telepathy}}: "He wanted a real gun." Mind reading also seems part of the angelic/demonic power set.
* TelephoneTeleport: Played with when the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] in question had already entered Crowley's apartment the conventional way, ready to unleash the wrath of Hell on him. Crowley (also a [[{{NobleDemon}} demon]]) tricked him by darting into the phone line himself, prompting Hastur, his assailant, to follow him in a high-speed chase ''[[Awesome/GoodOmens through a phone line]]''. Crowley then turned around at the phone on the other end, raced back through the line to his own apartment, and reemerged just in time to hang up the phone, leaving Hastur trapped on ''his own other line's'' ansaphone tape.
* TeleportersAndTransporters
** RandomTeleportation: "Don't worry about it. Just send 'em."
* TemptingFate: "It's over, don't you think?"
* TermsOfEndangerment: War, at the bar, calls her would-be attackers "chaps". In fact, she calls everybody that. Also, Crowley's habit of calling Aziraphale "angel" seems to have a positive correlation as to how much danger they are in. Aziraphale calls Crowley "dear" on a fairly regular basis.
* ThanatosGambit: Agnes Nutter.
* ThatPoorPlant: Plants, plural, and all of them are Crowley's.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Hastur and Ligur.
* TimeAbyss[=/=]FishOutOfTemporalWater: Aziraphale hasn't updated his wardrobe since the 50s.
* TomesOfProphecyAndFate: Agnes' prophecies.
* TooDumbToLive: If Shadwell doesn't have some higher regional superior doling out the pay for the greater general Witchfinder's Army, he definitely fits under this trope, because the pay scales haven't been revised since the organization was founded (back when having a whole pound to burn was posh money), so he fudges the numbers on his budget with made-up superiors and underlings so that he can make enough to survive on.
* [[TownWithADarkSecret Town With A Light Secret]]: Lower Tadfield.
** To such an extent that it doesn't even know it has one.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Shadwell's cans of condensed milk. He doesn't appear to subsist on anything else.
* TricksterArchetype: Crowley.
* TripleNipple: Shadwell is obsessed with them, since they're one of the signs of a witch. One of Newton's daily duties is to check the PageThreeStunna for it.
* TrueCompanions: Let's face it, once Crowley rushes into a burning building to save Aziraphale and has a brief FreakOut when he doesn't find him, it's pretty clear that they're not just amiable enemies.
* TrueName:
** Crowley is made to sign his true name, in receipt of one Antichrist.
** The Horsemen are also made to sign their true names in receipt of their weapons.
*** Pollution's pen leaks while signing his, blotting it to the point that it might read "Pollution" or possibly "Pestilence." A reference to an earlier statement that, with the rise of sewers, medicine and antibiotics, Pestilence hadn't had much work lately. Pollution, on the other hand...
** Possibly also God.
* TrustBuildingBlunder: Paintball as a trust-building exercise between office staff might seem like a good idea in theory. It might even be in reality, assuming you really can find a way to prevent the participants from "accidentally" injuring each other. Just don't get Crowley involved, because he'll switch the paintball guns with ''actual'' guns for a laugh.
* {{Tsundere}}: Crowley is something of a Type A. He keeps saving people and doing good things, but snarks whenever Aziraphale points it out. He seems to want everyone to believe that he doesn't really mean it.
** Aziraphale seems to have a bit of Type B in him, as well.
** Both in a non-romantic sense, in terms of the canon.
* UnfamiliarCeiling: When Newt wakes up after the crash, he knows he's not in his room because there are no model planes hanging from the ceiling.
* UnluckyEverydude: Newt. Literally. He has terrible luck at everything he does, minus finding a job. [[spoiler:Gets out of it at the end]].
* UnstoppableMailman: The same mailman is able to deliver packages to all four horsemen of the apocalypse - including killing himself to meet Death - and deliver a package to each.
** [[spoiler:Happily, Adam's reworking of reality restores him to life, sans memory and any inclination to talk about what he does remember.]]
* UnusualEuphemism[=/=]GoshdangItToHeck: "For Go-, Sa-, for ''somebody's'' sake!", also "making an effort".
* UrbanFantasy
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Shadwell and Madame Tracy.
* VoicemailConfusion: Aziraphale's one-sided conversation with Crowley's answering machine.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WalkingTechbane: Newton Pulsifer, to an extraordinary extent.
** [[spoiler:Turns into a ChekhovsSkill in the end with the nuclear launch systems. "So? Fix it."]]
* WannabeDiss: Bemused cynical version from demons towards satanists, and from the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Horsepersons of the Apocalypse]] towards the bikers in the bar, who in their turn feel the same about weekend bikers.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Holy water, and the horseshoe over Anathema's door that wards off demons.
* WeatherDissonance: Simultaniously played straight and Inverted. Lower Tadfield has perfectly normal weather, a little 'too' perfectly normal. It's always hot and sunny in the summer, snows on Christmas, every Christmas. Adam is playing a living WeatherControlMachine and unconciously making the localised weather in his happy little town exactly what he thinks it's supposed to be for that time of year.
** In fact it is how Newt finds him. After all, [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather when was the last anywhere else in Britain had perfect weather?]]
* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Lobsters?]]
* WickedCultured: Crowley.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Miraculous near-escapes work like this.
* WingPull: When preparing for the final battle.
* WorldHealingWave
* XanatosSpeedChess: Crowley does this when the Dukes of Hell are after him.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Agnes Nutter, Nife and Accurate.
** Lampshaded to the point of parody when applied to every medieval character's casual dialogue.
** The passage quoted from the ''Buggre Alle This Bible''.
** Anathema's spelling is mentioned as being 300 years too late, because she learned to read and write from The Book.
* YouCantFightFate: Subverted and played straight at the same time, as spoilered in GambitRoulette. It reaches the point where one can open up Agnes' book completely at random and find exactly the prophecy needed for the moment.
-->'''Aziraphale:''' Just because it's written doesn't mean it can't be written different somewhere else.
-->'''Crowley:''' In bigger letters, too.
-->'''Aziraphale:''' And underlined.
-->'''Crowley:''' ''Twice''.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Brought up in those exact words during one of Aziraphale and Crowley's binge drinking philosophical debates.
** Turns out to be literal as well. They compare lists of organizations they consider on their side, and a slight majority are on both lists.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: Anathema [[GenreSavvy tries]] and [[WrongGenreSavvy fails]] to invoke this trope.

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